So this is a lesson that I have absolutely LOVED doing with my 5th graders (and they've just as equally loved doing with me)! :)
|Artwork by Heidi Kenney|
What elementary-aged student doesn't LOVE this game?! :)
I must admit - this project required a lot of prep-work from my end (like creating body part stencils for 4 different angry bird characters out of posterboard for each of my 6 tables).. but I think it was well worth it!
After the PowerPoint is over, I had my kids select which angry bird they wanted to create, and then use the body part stencils at their table to trace their bird (or pig) onto a sheet of drawing paper. These drawings were colored in with crayon (to help me identify what colors of felt I'd need to have pulled out the next class) and then were used throughout the project as a folder to hold all my student's felt body part pieces.
When my kids came in the next day, we pulled out our papers and I called each table up one-by-one to select a sheet of felt to be used for their body. Using the tracers, they traced a front and a back onto the felt with sharpies and then cut them out. Then using an assortment of felt scraps, they cut out their other body parts (such as head-feathers, eyes, eyebrows, beaks, etc). Some students even created their own additional pieces (such as bows for some lady angry birds)!
The sewing process was definitely confusing for some kids at first, but after a short time they all ended up picking it up quite successfully.
|Student Samples Group Shot|
Once our front and back pieces were nearly completely stitched up, we stuffed them with a polyester filling, then finished sewing them up. Then using tacky glue, students glued on the rest of their pieces.
Both weeks I've taught this lesson it has taken me the full 5 days of class time (I see my kids Monday-Friday for each of their rotations).. so it's definitely an investment.. but as I've said - WELL worth it. The kids came in excited to get working everyday and they remained completely focused and on task everyday (which has been something I've found tricky with my 5th graders).
|Student Sample Group Shot! :)|
|Student Sample: No stencils used!|